You know that eating breakfast is important. But did you
realize that some a.m. choices can set the tone for how
you feel the rest of your day. Not only that, but eating a
healthy breakfast every morning can reduce the risk for
diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Here you will get
the scoop on which breakfast foods to avoid.
1. Bacon, ham and sausage
Processed meat has nitrates that are associated with
colorectal cancer. In fact, the Institute for Cancer
Research published a list of the top ten things you can
do to reduce your risk of cancer. Avoiding nitrates is a
number one of them. What does that mean for morning
meat eaters? It is time to find a different breakfast
2. Sugary cereals
How can you tell the difference between a bad sugary
cereal and a good one for your health? Some cereals are
full of carbs and sugar. When you eat them, your blood
sugar rapidly spikes and then bottoms out. Since you
probably do not want your energy to crash at the
beginning of the day, it is best to avoid those cereals.
Instead, choose cereals with higher fiber and protein. Do
you seek for another option? Add ground flaxseed or
walnuts for more protein and fiber.
3. Packaged pancakes with artificial maple syrup
While natural maple syrup is a healthy sweetener, there
are many artificial types of syrup on the market that are
full of high fructose corn syrup. The sweetener, which is
derived from corn, is also present in most processed and
packaged foods. High fructose corn syrup can lead to
more abdominal obesity and visceral fat, which is stored
between the organs. This is the fat that leads to cancer.
A recent study in one journal also linked high fructose
corn syrup consumption to diabetes.
4. Toaster pastries, doughnuts and Danishes
Not only are these pastries made with refined white flour,
but there is much sugar added. Sugar is the worst way
to fuel you in the morning, because it results in a rapid
rise in blood sugar. That means you will be hungry
sooner and increase your chances of high blood sugar,
obesity and diabetes. If all those health risks are not
enough to put you off pastries, there is the other way
they can be detrimental to your health. As many
scientists believe sugar and cancer are linked.
5. Microwavable breakfast sandwiches
Healthy options exist, but many are packed with
preservatives and sodium. In this case best idea is to
make your own by microwaving a beaten egg and toast
a whole grain English muffin.
6. Light Yogurts
They may have only hundred calories and come in
flavors such as red velvet cheesecake, but they are
usually filled with artificial sweeteners and chemicals. Go
for low fat yogurt instead.
7. Muffins
They top the list of the most caloric breakfast foods.
What is the reason? They are extremely dense and what
they are packed with is generally not what you need-
white flour, oil or butter and a lot of sugar. If you have
no other choice, stick to 2 ounces of serving, which is
the same size of an extra large egg.